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There's some news from germany:

 

the german film manufacturer MACO has announced a completely new B/W

film, soon available in all sizes from 35mm to 4x5" or even bigger.

 

It is called "Rollei R3" and will be sold through the resellers and

distributors of Rollei and MACO.

 

The technical features are impressive:

Depending on developer and processing time it can be used in a range

from 25 to 6400 ASA, and the manufacturer claims it beats all

available films within this range in terms of tonality, grain and

sharpness. In general, MACO is known as a serious company, their

promotion has always been conservative, and they have always described

their products properly without exagerration.

 

The base material is Polyester, but it does not behave as earlier

films on that base, it stays flat and does not bend and roll. The

films are not slightly grey but totally transparent. The film has a

low sensitivity and a high sensitivity layer.

 

I found this interesting because the big multinational players like

Agfa and Ilford have the same type of crisis and will leave a gap in

the market - and this small company just walks into the gap with a

totally new product whereas the big companies did not modernize their

old products since many years.

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Probably from this notice that arrived in my inbox and, I assume, many others:

 

"MACO OF Germany" is a BLACK & WHITE SPECIALIST.

A niche offerer for high-quality black-and-white products. In a time of

fundamental circulations we would like to give an overview of the

company and the strategic objectives.

 

MACO is Hans O. Mahn & Co. KG. The owner, Thomas Mahn, (49) leads this

financially

strong enterprise as the personally responsible managing director.

 

The director of the MACO PHOTO PRODUCTS (a division of MACO) is

Hartmuth Schroeder (56) for more than 12 years. Before, he worked as an

attorney with the German photo paper producer Argenta, Munich, before that

in the German photo specialized dispatch trade,

and before that for approximately 10 years with Tetenal, Norderstedt.

At MACO, decades

of experience of the responsible managing directors of the photo and

x-Ray-industry come together with MACO's financial strength combined with

its photo specialized knowledge.

The enterprise is organizationally based on an administrative and a

distribution center

in Hamburg/Germany.

 

For decades, MACO has been one of the exclusive partners of the company

ORIENTAL,Japan, for black-and-white and nowadays also for Ink Jet

papers.

In the MACO department store in Hamburg singularly large quantities of

Oriental papers

for the European market are stored. Financed by MACO, and not by the

factory.

 

MACO is the exclusive partner of LABOR PARTNER. This producer,

particularly well-known

in Europe, is offering a black-and-white chemistry assortment,

meanwhile proven for more than 20 years.

 

MACO is the exclusive partner of LUCKY in China, one of the largest

coating factories of photo-sensitive emulsions in the world, where, above

all, also its own assortment is produced under high class licenses.

Presently, MACO is introducing Lucky's straight monochrome photographic

films into the European market.

 

MACO exclusively produced high-quality black-and-white films in South

Europe for over a decade. After excellent Du Pont, Frankfurt/Germany

licenses also infrared and further special films, as well as first-class

photo papers have been produced. Especially the

MACO IR 820c infrared film has made an incomparably triumphant advance

world-wide, which also is predicted for the future, as the constantly

rising demand is proving.

 

For about 3 years MACO is letting produce exclusively in a strategic

alliance with a traditional German photo coating enterprise

extraordinarily high-quality monochrome photographic films. These films replaced the

previous products of the company Agfa, Germany, particularly within the

scientific range without any adaption problems.

 

ROLLEI R3 films are the result of MACO's experience for many years. The

first version

of this new technology was the MACO Bankers Surveillance film 3 years

ago. As further development the MACO TSX 730c Traffic Surveillance film

followed. (This film is identical with the MACO CUBE 400c). The

conclusion of these R&D activities is now the Rollei R3,

which is the "Coronation" of this series of films.

 

MACO's strategic orientation:

 

PROFESSIONAL RANGE (highest quality - high price level)

ORIENTAL PHOTO PAPERS + ROLLEI R3 FILM/CHEMISTRY + LABOR PARTNER PHOTO

CHEMISTRY

 

STANDARD ITEMS:

MULTISPEED PAPER (Contrast Variable)

 

ALTERNATIVES attractive in prices for consumers financially less

strong:

LUCKY 100ISO + LUCKY 400ISO black-and-white films

 

This is the actual strategic adjustment and with concentration on few -

but very strong

p r o d u c i n g partners. The responsible managers of "MACO OF

GERMANY" hope to have created a solid basis for the further supply of

qualitatively high fastidious products also for the PHOTOGRAPHERS in the

strongly shrinking black-and-white markets and for the world-wide

distribution partners often existentially dependent on MACO.

 

At present dramatic recessions in sales are to be determined.

What is the reason?

The need of similar materials is strongly declining.

This does not happen in a gently running curve but in an almost 90?

angle.

Factories which have not adapted on this situation years ago are now

paying for their missing wisdom. That sounds quite banal. Is however like

that.

 

MACO itself has adjusted to these new market conditions already some

years ago and is therefore seeing nothing else than a logical consequence

in this presently dramatisized situation.

 

MACO and its strategic partners would not only like to keep but to set

new impulses with innovative products in the traditional photography.

The Rollei R3 in the year 2004 as well as the new MACO IR 840

professional infrared film envisaged for end of 2005 are to be considered as two

examples.

 

MACO PHOTO PRODUCTS

Hans O. Mahn & Co. KG

Brookstieg 4

D-22145 Hamburg/Stapelfeld GERMANY

 

Phone: 0049 40 237 008 88

Fax: 0049 40 237 008 488

E-mail: Photo@mahn.net

Webpage: www.mahn.net

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No, I did not get the news from that press release but from a friend in the Leica forum (www.leica-camera.com) who already used some test rolls of the film. I have not seen the results yet but I will meet him next week, and he will show me the negatives, then I will report to you.
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Well, I hope it's better than their IR "Aura" black and white film, which was supposed to be

a replacement for Kodak HIE, but ended up having a nominal speed of ISO 6.

Or their ultra high resolution "Gigabit film" which needed an proprietary developer.

 

Let's just say I'm a realist when it comes to any film manufacturer's press release.....

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"Well, I hope it's better than their IR "Aura" black and white film, which was supposed to be a replacement for Kodak HIE, but ended up having a nominal speed of ISO 6. Or their ultra high resolution "Gigabit film" which needed an proprietary developer."

 

I don't see either of those items as a "better/worse" issue. The Aura was just supposed to give the glow like HIE, which their other IR film didn't. But not the same speed, or the same graininess. And wasn't Gigabit some other outfit all together?

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Gigabit is a different company and getting the excellent resolution using microfilm quite apparently requires different developers. While Maco's IR films are slower than HIE, they're also finer grained and available in many sizes.

 

It'll be interesting to see, however the exposure latitudes are apparently interpreted quite liberally. Still haven't tried Cube though, but I'd like a slow, fine grain film that looks good and is dependable.

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I've tried the MACO 820IR "Aura" and I like it. I'm new to using infrared films and I have no interest in Kodak's "handle in darkness" film. The speed of the film doesn't mean jack to me--the filtration required is so dark, you need to use a tripod anyway. I'm anxious to try their other films.
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I am not yet convinced.

 

First it reads to good to be true and they all cook with water, second Schroeder said Rollei came out with information themselves on their website - njet. Nothing.

I haven?t learned Maco to be "conservative" in their marketing... certainly not.

 

Third - there is no coating factory in Germany outside of Leverkusen (if you don?t count the Orwo museum in) and I don?t think Agfa makes that stuff for a competitor to their Scala slide film. And building a factory means quite an investment.

 

Tura is mentioned to be on the boat - but Tura doesn?t coat either, they are a bulk producer relying on the films and papers Agfa delivers to them.

 

We?see... three weeks to go till Photokina and there we?ll have samples and full scale information.

 

Roman

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I am not yet convinced.

 

First it reads to good to be true and they all cook with water, second Schroeder said Rollei came out with information themselves on their website - njet. Nothing.

 

I haven?t learned Maco to be "conservative" in their marketing... certainly not.

 

Third - there is no coating factory in Germany outside of Leverkusen (if you don?t count the Orwo museum in) and I don?t think Agfa makes that stuff for a competitor to their Scala slide film. And building a factory means quite an investment.

 

Tura is mentioned to be on the boat - but Tura doesn?t coat either, they are a bulk producer relying on the films and papers Agfa delivers to them.

 

A price of 6Euro/roll at 120 is in the talks... thats quite a lot.

 

We?see... three weeks to go till Photokina and there we?ll have samples and full scale information.

 

Roman

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Jay,

 

I beg your pardon. What do you want to say with that?

 

The plant in Samobor, Croatia is owned and operated by Fotokemika - which is Efke... EffKeeeh, _F_oto_K_emika.

 

Fotokemika makes Efke, the films are made in Croatia and Maco certainly doesn?t own that plant and has no license for the Adox emulsion.

 

Maco always left it open on who coats the stuff for them and gave only vague statements. It?s probably not only Fotokemika.

 

Best,

Roman

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Roman, I undertand from what the Efke name is derived, even without your condescending tone. Is it beyond your comprehension that a coating plant could be owned by a larger, more diverse company, even one based in a country outside the one in which the coating plant is located? Because you're certain that Maco doesn't own FotoKemika, neither suggests that I should, nor that it is true. Why so testy?
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